Friday NightDecember 27th, 2013 at 12:39 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
WOW! The temperature forecast for next Thurs. AM off the European model is -13.2F! The model takes Montreal to -37F! Looks overdone to me…it would have to be clear with light winds, fresh snow cover…not impossible though. There was a hailstorm going on at my house early Fri. PM, with ice falling off the trees…you didn’t want to be under the trees! The sun came out for a few minutes and that’s what did it. Temp. made 37 in G.R., 40 in Benton Harbor, and we’ll be warmer tomorrow.
Check out the MODIS satellite picture of the Great Lakes. Lots of clouds, you can see the open water in Green Lake and Geneva Lake in Wisconsin and Gull Lake NE of Kalamazoo. You can see the Mississippi River is mostly ice north of Illinois. You can also see the shadows of the clouds in N. Indiana. There isn’t much snow on the ground south of I-94 and where that can melt off tomorrow, temps. could easily reach the mid-upper 40s. The snow covered areas won’t get as warm. Also, nice cap cloud on Mt. Rainier in Washington State this am. Nice wave clouds in eastern PA this am. Tropical Storm (Christine) to move into NW Australia. BTW, found Santa in Australia, relaxing. (they’ll appreciate the clouds and rain to cool things…not any wind damage/flooding). 90″ of new snow in the Alps. 45″ of snow have fallen since Thursday AM at Passo Rolle, Italy. Winds were sustained at 95 knots (109 mph) at Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland at midnight local time! 104 deg. yesterday in Montevideo, Uruguay and 102 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. -55 this am in Eagle AK, the HIGH was -34 in Fairbanks with ice fog – even Barrow on the north coast was down to -35.
Consumers Energy Noon Update: 45,911 still without power (2.5% of customers – down from max of 19.1%), 6,736 in Barry Co. (24.7% of county), 3,460 in Eaton Co. (11.4% of county). Down to just 344 customers in Kent Co. and 17 customers in Kalamazoo Co. Also many still out in Livingston (16.7% of customers) and Shiawassee (19.1% of customers) Counties.
Season snowfall: 35.7 Muskegon, 31.5 G.R. (compared to 7.5″ at this point last year). Delaware up to 140″ for the winter. Ski/snowboarding conditions excellent. (picture of hockey on Reed’s Lake by (if I remember right) 90-year-old facebook friend Harvey Alley, who took our wedding pictures back on 4/22/78).